In the dystopian world of our collective imagination, which, let’s face it, we’ve had a massive hard-on for as a society since Orwell’s 1984, we tend to focus on the people. Who they are, why it went wrong. Why a society turns to oppression of the weak as the only way to preserve civilisation for the strong. We rarely wonder what such a space would look like.
Enter Justin Plunkett, a South African designer based in Switzerland, whose Con/struct project looks at the transformation of urban areas into dystopian wastelands. He uses his own photography to create digital dreamscapes – some beautiful, some dark, all of them using shipping containers, roof sheeting and even car tyres.
Con/struct ran at the Cabinet gallery in South Africa earlier this year. You can find out more about Plunkett here.